“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” — Christopher Germer
We all have moments of letting ourselves down, feeling disappointed with our words or deeds. Perhaps not keeping a promise to a friend brings on the guilt. Maybe it’s when you fail a test, fail to stay sober, fail in your duties to your kids, parents, sig other.
We all stumble. And it makes the bounce-back all the more difficult if we’re hard on ourselves, non-forgiving, non-compassionate. Really, the best we can do is take responsibility, then learn, and then become more conscious, more self-aware, for the future.
We. All. Stumble. Falling down isn’t the issue. What’s important is taking a breath, and reaching into that deep place where you possess strength, courage and the determination to get back up. Self-compassion—not self-berating—is how we find that place. And once there, you begin to change your life.